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Jeeves

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Camino(s) past & future
August 2018
Hey,

We are currently half way through the Frances route. I know we all have our own ways to pass the time whilst walking. Would anyone like to share theirs?
Buen Camino 🙂
 
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davebugg

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2017)
Camino Frances (2018)
Camino Ingles (2019)
The topic is interesting :) When walking, I tend to drift in and out of my own thoughts, I pray and meditate, and sometimes engage in short bursts of chitchat. I do crave being with my own senses and introspection when I walk, though.
 
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Derrybiketours

A journey of 500 miles begins with one step!
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Great question and something tells me your bored and fishing for inspiration to pass the time 😉 apart from listening to nature and the sound of my own voice and others I loved the sound of the earth, grass and crunch of loose chippings under foot in symphony with my breathing and ding from my staff hitting the trail like a mesmeric metronome 🤠
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
I know we all have our own ways to pass the time whilst walking
Well, if I can just be present with each step without trying to distract myself, that's plenty.

The time knows how to pass well enough without us trying to do its job for it. And fortunately the camino is a super opportunity for less doing and more simply being.
 
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Robo

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Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2020)
What do I do to pass the time, whilst walking a thousand year old Christian Pilgrimage? 🤔
I do many things that we are not allowed to discuss here........ ;);) Rule #2.

Other than that, I just soak up my surroundings, enjoy the company of those that I meet, and think........a lot!

Often I'll play some music, and Yes I put my ear buds in! The Music that I play will be some of my favourites that enhance the emotional and spiritual experience for me......
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" Camino
but 2019?
First Camino (just after divorce) long, detailed conversations with my daughters (who were at school back in the UK)
Subsequently, when walking solo, I write fiction stories in my head - they never make it to paper!
 

peregrina2000

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Staff member
Geez... I guess my freedom of speech standards are much broader than yours because I can't find anything remotely in collision with Rule 2 in the posts before yours.

Or was it just a general reminder/warning?
Look at the little note in the bottom right of the first post. Post was edited. No need to worry, free speech is alive and well on the forum.
 

davebugg

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Camino Frances (2017)
Camino Frances (2018)
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Geez... I guess my freedom of speech standards are much broader than yours because I can't find anything remotely in collision with Rule 2 in the posts before yours.

Or was it just a general reminder/warning?
The moderators removed a link in the OP which, apart from the written content in that link, also contained an image which can be viewed as an inherently political statement, and is controversial. The written content was not an issue, and I can see why Jeeves thought it useful for his/her post. :)
 

Dorpie

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Camino(s) past & future
Santiago to Finisterre to Muxia 2013
Camino Frances May 2015, July 2017, October 2019
Whatever takes my fancy. If I'm alone and not inspired by the surroundings I'll listen to podcasts/music/audiobooks.

One of the surpirse successes of my last Camino was an old car game we used to play called The Elephant Packed His Trunk (though I'm sure it goes under a dozen different names". The basic premise being that the first person will say "the elephant packed his trunk and in it he put an apple (or anything else beginning with A)" the next person will then say "the elephant packed his trunk and in it he put an apple and a banjo" and so on and so on until you get to Z. The twist that made this game particularly fun on the camino was that I was walking with people of various nationalities Danes, Dutch, Italians etc. and so it was a great way of learning a few words in those other languages. At least I thought it was, can't remember any of them now 😩 damn my stunted British language skills.
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
on't understand the question
As I understood it, it's what to do when the walking gets boring.
The counter-question is what's wrong with boredom? Why do we so need to be entertained all the time? Learning how to tolerate boredom is undervalued, and there are plenty of times on the Camino when you can polish that skill. When it finally comes, the quietness of simple contentment is a huge gift after being addicted to constant stimulation.
 

Elle Bieling

Elle Bieling, PilgrimageTraveler
Camino(s) past & future
Inglés, '14 '17 Finisterre, '14 '17 '18 Primitivo, '15 '18 Portuguese, '17, '18 San Salvador, '18
I try to pay attention to things that I might not have paid attention to. Like how the light looks on a building, blade of grass, the path. I look for unusual things like bugs, flowers, plants that I don't know. Often this requires a stop and a closer look.

I also sing stupid songs, like folk songs from the countries of the folks I am walking with. I only listen to music when I am really tired and cranky, to lift my mood. Mostly, I like the emptiness in my head. Although my internal chatter never seems to cease! :rolleyes: I try to empty the head, but it is most stubborn!!
 
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Chris Gi

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Did April through June 2018 from Pamplona to Santiago. 2020 May or end of September.
WW1 marching songs can be useful - especially It's a Long Way to Tipperary (substitute your day's destination!)
That is one of my favorite songs to walk to:) We took some old "Trivia Pursuit" cards that kept us entertained for a while and then passed them on.
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
As I understood it, it's what to do when the walking gets boring.
The counter-question is what's wrong with boredom? Why do we so need to be entertained all the time? Learning how to tolerate boredom is undervalued, and there are plenty of times on the Camino when you can polish that skill. When it finally comes, the quietness of simple contentment is a huge gift after being addicted to constant stimulation.
What's boredom???
Never experienced it in my life as I remember...
;)
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
Never experienced it in my life as I remember...
You are one of the fortunate few - that's a skill that's getting rarer and rarer.
And it's why the Monte Faro slog for the rest of us was not a slog for you! 🙏
 

Jeeves

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
August 2018
Thanks for all of your replies. We've just reached half way of the Frances route and we enjoyed some new approaches from your suggestions today 🙂

Personally I like to vary my time depending on how I feel and the situation. Sometimes I ask a "Camino question of the day" to keep conversation or thoughts fresh. Below is a different link with some questions if anyone is interested.


PS I originally posted another page with similar questions on it. However as the page was so big I didn't notice it had a potentially politcally sensitive and ambiguous photo on it. I understand and am happy about that page being deleted and this link is better anyway. I hope this one is okay 🤞🏻🙂
 

peregrina2000

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Staff member
As I understood it, it's what to do when the walking gets boring.
The counter-question is what's wrong with boredom? Why do we so need to be entertained all the time? Learning how to tolerate boredom is undervalued, and there are plenty of times on the Camino when you can polish that skill. When it finally comes, the quietness of simple contentment is a huge gift after being addicted to constant stimulation.
As you know, VN, I am not exactly a zen person. But on the camino, I am able to spend 8 hours walking without speaking, and without really thinking about much of anything in a structured way. But time flies, gratitude flows through me, I soak in the gorgeous scenery, and at the end of the day, my head feels like it’s screwed on correctly. But I don’t think that’s boredom. Boredom for me is something like sitting in the dentist’s chair having left my glasses and phone at home so there is nothing for me to read or listen to, waiting for the the novacaine to take effect. Maybe that’s when I need to find the simple contentment, but I cannot imagine ever feeling contentment in one of my least favorite places in the world. 😄
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
But time flies, gratitude flows through me, I soak in the gorgeous scenery, and at the end of the day, my head feels like it’s screwed on correctly.
That's definitely not boredom. That's being in the flow...and you say you're not 'Zen?'
Maybe that’s when I need to find the simple contentment, but I cannot imagine ever feeling contentment in one of my least favorite places in the world. 😄
Ah, the higher practice.
The camino is too easy for you, Laurie. ;) 😊

(I love your definition of boredom, btw. Perfect!🤣)
 

RJM

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
A few times
I never feel the need for something to pass the time doing while walking the Camino because I associate the concept of passing the time with boredom. Of just going through the motions or I don't want to be there. Like when I was a child and on a long road trip with my parents. The poor souls had to come up with things for my brother and I to do (besides bickering and fighting lol) while sitting in the back seat. So they would come up with ways for us to pass the time more positively.
My time is passed while walking the Camino by walking across Spain and everything associated with that.
 

GailGwyn

Member
Camino(s) past & future
part Camino Frances (2013). Part Camino Norte (2016} Camino Frances (2019) from SJPP
Hey,

We are currently half way through the Frances route. I know we all have our own ways to pass the time whilst walking. Would anyone like to share theirs?
Buen Camino 🙂
I walked the Camino Frances, from SJPP to Santiago, for the first time this year. I was never bored, but sometimes the noise of traffic drowned out the sounds of nature. At those times, I would put my earphones in and listen to music on my phone. Sometimes I would even enjoy my own 'Camino Karaoke'! and on a few occasions, accompanied it with a spot of (walking) pole dancing. Apologies to any peregrinos who may have witnessed my 'singing', but you know the saying - 'dance like no one is watching', etc.
 

Jeeves

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
August 2018
I walked the Camino Frances, from SJPP to Santiago, for the first time this year. I was never bored, but sometimes the noise of traffic drowned out the sounds of nature. At those times, I would put my earphones in and listen to music on my phone. Sometimes I would even enjoy my own 'Camino Karaoke'! and on a few occasions, accompanied it with a spot of (walking) pole dancing. Apologies to any peregrinos who may have witnessed my 'singing', but you know the saying - 'dance like no one is watching', etc.
Ha ha I love a bit of singing and dancing too 🕺🎤🎶🧘‍♂️🧘‍♂️🚶‍♂️🚶‍♂️☀
 

Jeeves

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
August 2018
As I understood it, it's what to do when the walking gets boring.
The counter-question is what's wrong with boredom? Why do we so need to be entertained all the time? Learning how to tolerate boredom is undervalued, and there are plenty of times on the Camino when you can polish that skill. When it finally comes, the quietness of simple contentment is a huge gift after being addicted to constant stimulation.
I agree. I really enjoy the quiet times on the camino. However I also enjoy some variety and balance this time with other activities. This magnifies and makes me appreciate the quiet and stillness even more.
 

David

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Moissac to Santiago Spring 2005 was the first foray.
As I understood it, it's what to do when the walking gets boring.
The counter-question is what's wrong with boredom? Why do we so need to be entertained all the time? Learning how to tolerate boredom is undervalued, and there are plenty of times on the Camino when you can polish that skill. When it finally comes, the quietness of simple contentment is a huge gift after being addicted to constant stimulation.

I hear these things often but I don't understand 'bored', I don't understand 'how to pass the time'.

What is this 'boredom'??

louis-ck-boredom.jpg
 

JohnMcM

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Some, and with luck, some more.
Hey,

We are currently half way through the Frances route. I know we all have our own ways to pass the time whilst walking. Would anyone like to share theirs?
Buen Camino 🙂
I count my teeth with the tip of my tongue. Sometimes starting with top ones, sometimes starting with the bottom ones, because I'm that type of guy you can't predict.

With each passing year and each passing camino, the counting time becomes less and less and I must eat softer and softer food.

Buen (long-time munching) Camino
 

David

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Moissac to Santiago Spring 2005 was the first foray.
I have been thinking about the predicament of needing to pass the time whilst walking the Camino and in a light-bulb moment the answer came to me!

Take a small dvd player and a copy of The Way, with Martin Sheen, then, when you get bored walking the Camino you can pass the time and be entertained by watching actors walking the Camino as you walk the Camino - there, sorted ;).
 

Luka

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Camino(s) past & future
Pelgrimspad I, Via Monastica, Via Podiensis, Via de la Plata, Camino Francés, Camino del Norte...
Pass time whilst walking? Walking is passing time. I just think, watch, listen, feel and smell. And enjoy :)

After arrivel though... I have to admit I get bored quite often in the long afternoons. Especially when the weather demands arriving before 2pm. After a shower, clothes wash and lunch I don't quite know what to do next. Most of the time there is not much to see or do in those tiny, sleepy Camino villages. No, no siesta, that would keep me awake during the night. I used to write blog posts, but my tablet died. So most of the time I just sit down on a terrace with a beer and a book (if I carry one). Waiting for the moment to be allowed to go to bed.
 

David

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Moissac to Santiago Spring 2005 was the first foray.
Pass time whilst walking? Walking is passing time. I just think, watch, listen, feel and smell. And enjoy :)

After arrivel though... I have to admit I get bored quite often in the long afternoons. Especially when the weather demands arriving before 2pm. After a shower, clothes wash and lunch I don't quite know what to do next. Most of the time there is not much to see or do in those tiny, sleepy Camino villages. No, no siesta, that would keep me awake during the night. I used to write blog posts, but my tablet died. So most of the time I just sit down on a terrace with a beer and a book (if I carry one). Waiting for the moment to be allowed to go to bed.
It is an odd interlude isn't it - from checking in, laundry done, to waiting for the evening meal - I wonder ... a Frisbee might be a great thing to carry - light, packable, can be used as a plate! - and fun to play with - who wouldn't get involved in a Frisbee game? :D .
 

Luka

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Pelgrimspad I, Via Monastica, Via Podiensis, Via de la Plata, Camino Francés, Camino del Norte...
I wonder ... a Frisbee might be a great thing to carry - light, packable, can be used as a plate! - and fun to play with - who wouldn't get involved in a Frisbee game? :D .
Yes, let's play frisbee!
 

markgrubb

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2016
Hospitalero Miraz 2017
Camino Del Norte 2017
Camino Mozarabe (Almeria) 2019
I like to tune into the natural world. Try and identify all the bird song and calls I hear. See how many different types of butterfly I can identify each day, try and name the wild flowers....
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" Camino
but 2019?
I have been thinking about the predicament of needing to pass the time whilst walking the Camino and in a light-bulb moment the answer came to me!

Take a small dvd player and a copy of The Way, with Martin Sheen, then, when you get bored walking the Camino you can pass the time and be entertained by watching actors walking the Camino as you walk the Camino - there, sorted ;).
Better still, watch the film multiple times; learn all the parts and act out the drama as you proceed.
Amuse fellow pilgrims along the road as you dive into the river; let your rucksack be stolen and strike up a glancing acquaintance with a Roma family; get drunk and arrested and then entertain your friends with a night at the nearest Parador (BTW you don't get luxury bathrobes in the Leon Parador - trust me on that one!) . . .
 

David

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Moissac to Santiago Spring 2005 was the first foray.
Hacky sack looks cool! or - take three and learn to juggle?

There are two positions for filling the afternoon interlude; one is by oneself, the other is with others
So -
Download Spanish lessons onto phone and learn Spanish?
Take penny whistle and learn to play?
Take a game of Jacks (also called knucklebones) - play it with others?
Learn basic massage and offer it free to others?
Learn basic first aid and offer it free to others?
Take a set of bagpipes and ... errmm ... maybe not ;)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Hey,

We are currently half way through the Frances route. I know we all have our own ways to pass the time whilst walking. Would anyone like to share theirs?
Buen Camino 🙂
I don’t actually understand. Pass the time while walking? While walking, I am walking. Sometimes struggling, sometimes singing, sometimes thinking of people i know and for whom I pray, but generally: walking, looking, listening, times flies amidst all that. Tomorrow, I might have something else to add as I will walk a short day. I will let you know!
 

jerbear

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino de madrid, camino francis, camino inverino (2012, 2013,2014)
CdM, Francis, San salvador, primativo june 2015 CDM , francis, inverino 2016
Camino madrid, via de Plata. Santiago.
Coast of the dead malpica to muxia
Whatever I do...I am not allowed to say. Lol kinky no freedom of speech. try picking up trash if you see it!
 
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truenorthpilgrim

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (Sept-Nov 2016)
Camino Podiensis/Le Puy (Sept 2019)
Camino Frances (Oct 2019)
In the mornings were my quiet/walking meditation time. No headphones, music etc. after lunch was when I needed motivation or a bit of distraction so I would listen to podcasts or some music. Not everyday but my afternoons was when energy flagged and everything started hurting. Towards the end of the Camino, I worked in an afternoon caña and was like wow, I should have done this from the get-go. Made walking so much easier. 🍻
 

Stivandrer

Perambulating & Curious. Rep stravaiging offender
Camino(s) past & future
I´ve got Camino plans until 2042,
- or till I fall flat on my face, whichever comes first !!
U R not having us on, I hope ?
 

Kimtom

reformed elf
Camino(s) past & future
Frances on bike (2014)
Frances on foot (2019)
Hey,

We are currently half way through the Frances route. I know we all have our own ways to pass the time whilst walking. Would anyone like to share theirs?
Buen Camino 🙂
When I am walking through any kind of natural landscape I have a good feeling. In the parts where man made industrial detritus dominates my senses I have some trouble. I have found myself engaging with overlooked and under appreciated parts of the Camino like the gravel under foot. How literally out of place it is having been mined somewhere else and crushed to a useful but generic shape. So I appreciate an individual piece and imagine the original rock it came from and how it formed and the unique place it had on the planet in geologic history.🙂
 

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